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Your Homes Deck is Only as Good as it’s Foundation

clock April 21, 2009 18:50 by author blogadmin
Helical piers are used in deck construction so you can save on lumber, concrete and installation costs.

We have all heard the old adage “It is only as strong as its foundation”. This particularly true with your home and the additions that you make to it. When adding a deck to your home, using helical anchors for its foundation gives you the security of a deep foundation with the ease of installing a helical soil screw. For years helical piles have been used in the new home construction and boardwalk industry due to their ease of use and material savings. This same technique is now being used in deck construction for many reasons including ease of installation, all weather installation and simply economics.

The old fashioned method of buying extra long and expensive deck posts and concrete is being replaced with simple steel helical foundations. Helical foundations are a steel shaft that has a helix shaped flight welded to its leading end that uses installation torque as an indication of capacity. These helical anchors come in many sizes, configurations and lengths. The anchor is turned into the soil via a hydraulic gear motor that is either attached to a small machine, such as a skid steer or even installed by specialized hand held equipment. The gear motor slowly turns the helix into the soil until it is significantly embedded past the upper active regions of soil. After installation a simple steel bracket is attached between the steel foundation and the deck posts.

Gone are the days when we need to excavate soils and fight the placement of deck posts. If a helical anchor is installed in the wrong place they can simply be reversed out of the soil and placed in the correct position without having to backfill the hole. Gone also is the need for concrete mixing and filling around posts. The helical piles install with minimal disturbance to the soil so backfilling and concrete is not required. And lastly, gone are the days of watching your buried deck posts rot away due to water and termites.

On your next deck project save on lumber, concrete and installation costs by using helical anchors as the preferred method of foundation building. You will now have the confidence that your new wood deck with last for many backyard barbeques and neighborhood gatherings for friends and family.

Bowing Basement Walls and Solutions

clock April 16, 2009 07:19 by author blogadmin
Wall anchors are a cost effective solution to repair bowing or leaning basement walls. They also cause little disturbance to your home and lawn.

Basement wall cracks create basement water problems.

April showers bring May basement wall problems. Tax day has come and gone but the spring rains continue creating high water tables and hydrostatic pressure on our basement walls. This water exerts undesigned pressure on our basement walls causing cracks, bowed walls and structurally unsafe conditions. While the first step is always to manage the water, the second step is now our concern. This step is to restore the basement wall to a structurally sound state in a cost effective manner using engineered products designed for this situation and installed by foundation repair professionals.

Wall plate anchors are a viable solution for many block and poured concrete walls that are bowing or leaning inward. These wall plate anchors use the untouched, virgin soils in your yard to anchor your basement wall. This system has many advantages including:

  • Minimal disturbance to your home and lawn
  • Quickly installed
  • All weather installation
  • Cost effective
  • Easily concealed (for basement finishing)

The use of wall anchors can be used many times instead of the costly alternative of removing and replacing foundation walls. The process is a relatively simple process for a quality foundation repair expert. The following is the steps that foundation repair expert follow when installing wall anchors.

  • Estimate wall loads
  • Match wall anchor to load
  • Remove exterior sod at anchor placements
  • Drill or dig exterior anchor hole
  • Penetrate basement wall to allow anchor rod placement
  • Drive anchor rod and connect to anchor plate
  • Attached wall plate to anchor rod
  • Backfill anchor plate hole
  • Tension wall anchor assembly
  • Document wall tension and original wall bow
  • Cleanup and seal against potential water leaks


So if your home has bowing or leaning basement walls contact a foundation repair expert to help you solve your problems today.

Micropile Underpinning Bracket

clock April 6, 2009 11:42 by author blogadmin
Micropile underpinning bracket is a new cost effective underpinning product used in the foundation repair industry to handle difficult ground conditions.

Now you can install a pre-engineered foundation repair bracket for your next micropile project that multiples your safety potentials.  Developed as a joint venture between leaders in their respective fields, Earth Contact Products and TEI Rock Drills have put their expertise together to design a system to make the installation of micropile brackets as efficient as other underpinning systems.  Together we have adapted a proven ECP-style underpinning bracket to attach to the TEI Hollow Bar Drilling Rig. How does this work? The new ECP micropier brackets eccentrically transfers the load of the structure to the hollow bar grout column, while maintaining the ability of a continuous manifold lift. This key element in the design allows for engineers and contractors the convenience of a proven, off the shelf bracket system that can easily adapt to micropile applications.  This type of underpinning system can be used on residential and commercial jobs alike. No longer are you restrained from using a underpinning system due to cobbles or other obstructions in the soil.

The Earth Contact Products MP-350 Micropier Bracket System is easily installed into difficult soil conditions that can contain large cobbles, obstructions and layers of rock. The TEI / MP-250 Drill Rig that is used in conjunction with the ECP micro pier bracket system is a lightweight and portable drilling unit and used worldwide in the pier installation industry. With its proven track record, you’ll find that the installation and drilling of the micropile is fast and efficient.  With its grouted column, lateral loading in suspect soils is no longer a problem. The micropile works on skin friction to achieve maximum capacity, also, the ability to achieve capacity through end bearing the pile into a socket in the bedrock makes the ECP micropier a great application in many job site conditions. The micropiers are an engineering feat in themselves.  The hollow bar micro pier installs simultaneously as the core hole is being drilled, the grout is pumped thru the hollow bar, filling the shaft and displacing the cuttings--ALL in a simultaneous operation! Thus, saving much time and labor costs.   

With this addition to the ECP product line, Earth Contact Products is offering contractors and engineers the ability to add value to their businesses by opening up new business opportunities when other underpinning systems may not be able to be installed.  Instead of bearing on shallow layers of bearing structum you now can be assured that your underpinning system has gone below these weak and unveried layers to support structures.


                    Benefits of the Micro Pier System:  

  • Bracket is a pre-engineered and pre-tested product
  • Capacity ratings of 75,000-99,000 lbs
  • Quickly  Installs to the TEI Drill Rig MP-250
  • Intregrated Manifold Lift Design
  • Minimal Site Preparation
  • Installs in Low Head Room Areas or Limited Access Areas
  • System Handles Difficult Ground Conditions
  • Easily Load Tested to Verify Capacity
  • Designed to Transfer Load to the Full Length of the Pile
  • Cost Effective due to ease of operation and design



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